20 Famous Landmarks That Are Considered Tourist Traps

Whenever we are traveling, we like to visit the historical landmarks of that country. There are a lot of places that attract tourists from all over the world. Although they are a great way to learn the history and the culture of a country, yet are they always worth your time? Whenever we are visiting a place like that, we have to think that there’s a fee to pay and a long wait in the line. However, when we are eager to do it, we pay and wait, but is it always worth it?

Some places are, and some are not. Although a place could be marked as a must-see, it doesn’t mean that everyone will like it. A reddit user, u/superlemondazeasked “What’s a tourist attraction you’ve been to that was 100% not worth the hype?” And a lot of people had something to say.

We made a list of some of the most unworthy places to visit as stated by the people who answered this question. Scroll down below to check them out. If you have been in one of these places, and had a different experience than these users did, please let us know in the comments below. Also, if there’s another place you would like to add to the list, we would love to hear about it.

1. Hollywood Boulevard

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Just a bunch of homeless people and the place smells like straight up shit from all the sewers around. – CaliPalDude astroidzombies

2. The glass bridge over the grand canyon.

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Total rip-off tourist trap.

  • It takes HOURS to get there from Vegas
  • They charge you $20 to park in an empty desert
  • They charge you $30 per person to take the bus from the parking to the attraction (it’s like walking from parking into a mall – no distance at all!)
  • Then they charge you $30 per person if you actually want to walk on the bridge
  • You cannot take pictures or bring a camera onto the bridge, but they will sell them to you, of course.
  • There is one overpriced place to eat where they sell you canned food heated up in a microwave for big money… or you could drive 5 hours back to Vegas…

Go there to get scalped. – TommyHolefucker

3. The Mona Lisa

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While the Louvre is wonderful, the Mona Lisa was a huge disappointment.

The painting itself is tiny and there are always hordes of people around it.

There are a million better things to see at the Louvre. – lenachristina

4. The great wall of China

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If you go to the Great Wall of China, I’d suggest not going to the section right there in Beijing. Very rebuilt and touristy.

Take a van ride a ways out of the city, to the Simitai section. Now there’s some uncrowded, old-school Great Wall.- DownUpOverAndBack

5. Plymouth Rock

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Put bluntly, this attraction is massively lame, no one even knows if this is the right rock or even if there was a rock.- Beobee1

6. Roswell, New Mexico

You’d think it would be a hotspot for conventions and space geeks, but it was an incredibly tiny town with dozens of alien shops and barely any people. It was creepy as hell.- properrocky

7. The fountain of youth

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The Fountain of Youth down here in St. Augustine, Florida. The actual fountain is just a fake cave with a pipe that you fill a cup from. There were way cooler things there than that like a dude who fired a cannon, a bunch of crazy peacocks, and these guys who built replica ships using the techniques from the 16th/17th century.- BeefMcGeef

8. Branson

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Branson. The Simpsons weren’t really joking when they described it as Las Vegas ran by Ned Flanders.- earlymusicaficionado

9. Bourbon Street- New Orleans

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Now don’t get me wrong, the food is smash so I’d recommend hitting it anyways (Pat O’Brien’s and NOLA Poboys were my favorites). But the whole street itself is dirty, smells like sewage, and is overloaded with mostly ear rapingly loud rap music and maybe a couple jazz bands. – ProfessorSucc

10. Navy Pier- Chicago

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If you ever come to a Chicago, stay away from Navy Pier. Everything is way overpriced (rides, games, food) and the tourists that visit are rude and annoying.- NS172002

11. The Leaning Tower of Pisa

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa – five minutes, that photo, and you’re done.- [deleted]

12.Takeshita Street in Harajuku

Takeshita Street in Harajuku. Went on a Sunday, and I couldn’t move my elbows an inch without bumping into someone, no matter where I went, and pretty much every shop had a 30+ minute line. There was also hardly anyone there actually dressed in the kind of fashion you to go to Takeshita Street expecting to see, which isn’t exactly a problem on its own, but it essentially meant that I was dealing with being a sardine for hours on end with no real payoff beyond shopping for overpriced fashion goods once I survived the lines. I love Tokyo, but I definitely won’t be going back to Harajuku anytime soon.- danganranger

13. Dubai

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It’s the most soulless, cultureless, and artificial city I’ve been to. The shameless and obscene display of bling-bling only adds to this vibe, and the supertall skyscrapers and mega malls get old sooner or later.

To top it off, all of this is built overnight on what is essentially slave labor. – PacSan300

14. The Taj Mahal (Agra).

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It’s surrounded by 10-meter-high walls, and the entrance fee is ludicrously expensive compared to any other attraction in India. If you’re in Agra and want to see the Taj Mahal, go across the river. There are some gardens almost directly across from it, and there’s a great spot by the river with a brilliant view of the Taj Mahal, particularly at sunset. This experience is totally free, and you won’t have to deal with crowds. – Nevermind04

15. Pyramids of Giza

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Might be being too harsh, but the swarm of aggressive market vendors surrounding them makes the place a bit of a nightmare. One woman from our group asked a guard to take her photo standing next to the pyramids, and the guard refused to give it back without receiving payment (I cant recall the amount but being extorted by a man with an AK-47 isn’t an ideal situation). Inside the tombs themselves it reeked of piss and was a claustrophobes complete nightmare. A ~ 5 foot tall, very steep ramp with f**k all to prevent a fall wide enough to fit 1.5 men at best with a steady stream of people coming up from the opposite direction. Being literally yelled at to buy headscarves and assorted plastic s*** by the truly horrible merchants outside completely ruined my experience of the place, which I’m so, so sad about because I spent months looking forward to the trip.- TheTrustyCrumpet

16. Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona. 

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Like, 10,000 people all crammed into this tiny alleyway just to see a balcony that I found out was built after the play was written.

I understand Romeo and Juliet is a work of fiction, but the story of the balcony is it inspired the play. I now know that isn’t true but as someone knowing very little about Shakespeare, I thought it was true when I went to the wonderful city of Verona.- Jay_1327

17. Mount Rushmore

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18. The Liberty Bell

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The Liberty Bell. Wait in a long line to look at… a bell. That looks exactly like it does in all the Philly souvenirs. They don’t even let you lick it. – burgundyotter

19. Times Square and Piccadilly Circus

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Times Square and Piccadilly Circus, same damn chain restaurants and tourist traps- shiftdnb

20. Hitlers typewriter

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Hitlers typewriter. It’s a typewriter, I’m not sure what I expected.- girlthatfelltoearth

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30 Times People Took The Most Unfortunate Photos While On Vacation

With an abundance of travel photos on Instagram, we expect our pictures to turn out as good, if not better, if we go to the exact location. Yet, as the old Yiddish proverb says, “We plan, God laughs.” You can have all the steps meticulously thought out, all bases covered, but fortune will likely hold a different agenda for you. The attraction might be closed, tourists will likely photobomb your every pic, or it will start pouring out of the blue.

It’s even worse when you travel long distances to get to the site, and it looks nothing like the pictures. Then all your hopes to take an insta-worthy pic go out the window. Eh, maybe that’s the horoscope at fault? Nah, that’s just one of the few lemons that life occasionally throws at people. That’s a bummer, but what can we mortals do?

Don’t get upset if you didn’t luck out with your recent trip and had nothing to post on Instagram. You are far from being the only one who lucked out. Some hiked miles to get to the mountain’s highest point just to see the fog blocking all the beautiful landscape. Others had their phone die at a picturesque location. Enough babbling, scroll below to check out the most unfortunate photos taken on vacations!

#1 Trying To Explain To The 70-Year-Old Swiss Man Who Offered To Take Our Pic That His Finger Was Covering The Lens

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#2 Visited The Grand Canyon. Pictures Don’t Do It Justice

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#3 Expectation vs. Reality. London Edition

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#4 Go To The Taj Mahal At Sunrise, They Said. It’ll Be Beautiful, They Said

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#5 Waited Forever For The Crowd To Dissipate To Take A Picture, Then This Happened

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#6 Thanks Tour Guide For Taking Such A Great Photo Of Everyone

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#7 The “Waterfall” My Family Drove Two Hours To See

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#8 Told My Girlfriend To Use The Last Piece Of Film We Had With Us To Get A Picture Of Me In Front Of Some Mountains

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#9 Flew 13 Hours To Hawaii To See Volcanoes National Park

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#10 It Was Always A Personal Dream To Be Able To Go And Visit This Remarkable Oak Tree In The Shawshank Redemption

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Turns out that people after the film released took away all those stones from the little wall that led to the tree away to their homes and lately in 2016 the tree fell in a thunderstorm.

#11 This Guy Having A Selfie With Mona Lisa

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#12 Not Mount Rushmore, But I Woke Up At 3AM And Hiked Up Machu Picchu To Be There At Sunrise

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#13 I Traveled From UK All The Way To Germany To Take Photos Of The Devil’s Eye, But When I Got There

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#14 Expectation vs. Reality. At Least It Was Just A Four-Hour Hike

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#15 The Only Photo I Have Of Myself On My Camera From My Only Overseas Trip

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#16 It’s All About The Journey Though Right?

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#17 Me, Outside The Duomo In Milan, Getting Photobombed. By A Pigeon

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#18 Guy Took Week Off Of Work To Climb Mountain Kilimanjaro And Raise Money For Charity. This Is The Picture His Guide Took At The Summit Before The Phone Died

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#19 I’ve Noticed This Guy Just Now, A Few Days After I Took The Photo And This Photo Will Be In My Tourist Association Book

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#20 We Hiked 3 Hours To Get A Good Picture Of Our Hometown. Our City Is On The Left

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#21 Finally Able To Travel To Paris And The Arch De Triumph Looks Like This. It’s An “Art” Project

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#22 Climbed North Europa’s Tallest Mountain At 8100 Feet, And Got This Picture

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#23 Going To Cristo And Taking A 3D Photo Is Priceless

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#24 Smile

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#25 On Our Honeymoon In Hallstatt Austria

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#26 Missus Taking A Photo Of Me With A Llama vs. Me Taking A Photo Of Her. When The Llama’s Rear Becomes Your New Hairstyle

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#27 Travelled To London To Go On The London Eye

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#28 Tried To Grab A Quick Photo While Driving Past The Washington Monument

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#29 My Sister Rented A Flat Here In North Of Iceland For Christmas, This Is Her View

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#30 Travelled Nearly 300 Miles To The Northernmost Point Of Vietnam So I Could See China – This Was The View

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